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Dara Torres

Full name: Dara Grace Torres (-Hoffman, -Minas)
Gender: Female
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: April 15, 1967 in Beverly Hills, California, United States
Affiliations: Florida Gators, Gainesville (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze (12 Total)

Biography

Dara Torres had the longest successful career of any Olympic swimmer, one which saw her win 12 Olympic medals and four gold medals. Torres began her career in 1984, winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay. She added a silver and bronze in relays in 1988, and seemingly ended her swimming career with another gold in the 4 x 100 free relay in 1992. Tall and strikingly attractive, Torres then began a career as a model, becoming the first athlete to appear in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. She also achieved notice as a commercial spokeswoman on an infomercial for a fitness training method. But in late 1998, she elected to return to competitive swimming. With little time to prepare, she returned to the Olympic pool at Sydney, and won five medals, including two golds in relays. She won three individual bronze medals at Sydney – in the 50 free, the 100 free, and the 100 fly.

Again retiring after the 2000 Olympics, Torres did not compete in Athina. But in 2006 she began training to make another Olympic team and made the US team for Beijing, winning the Olympic Trials in both the 50 and 100 metre freestyle. But she elected to compete in Beijing only in the 50 and the 4x100 freestyle and medley relays. Aged 41, the oldest ever female Olympic swimmer, Torres won a silver medal in the 50 free, defeated by only 1/100th of a second. She added silver medals in both relays. Torres finished her Olympic career lacking only an individual gold medal. She swam through 2012, but just missed out making the US Olympic team for the London Olympics. Torres won four Olympic medals of each color, one of only three Olympians to have won four or more medals of each type (Takashi Ono of Japan, and Larisa Latynina in gymnastics are the others).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 17 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 7
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming Women's 50 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 3T Bronze
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming Women's 50 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 50 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Final 3 24.63
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 24.98
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 24.96
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming United States Final 2 24.07 0.73 4
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 24.27 0.76 5
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming United States Round One Heat Ten 2 QU 24.58 0.72 5

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States Final 7 56.25
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States Round One Heat Eight 4 QU 56.37
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Final 3T 54.43
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 55.02
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 55.12

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L
1984 Summer 17 Los Angeles Swimming United States USA Final 1 3:43.43 55.92 2:48.25
1984 Summer 17 Los Angeles Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:43.56 56.88 56.88
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States USA Final 3 3:44.25 55.98 3:44.25
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:39.46 55.33 1:50.66
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:41.57 55.51 3:41.57
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 3:36.61 53.51 1:48.59
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:34.33 52.44 3:34.33 0.15 3

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Final 3 58.20
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 58.35
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 58.76

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:10.38 55.75 4:10.38
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:58.30 53.37 3:58.30
2008 Summer 41 Beijing Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:53.30 52.27 3:53.30 0.12 3